Cargill makes Thailand its regional hub for chicken exports


Food is one of Thailand’s strengths, and America’s Cargill Group wants a seat at the table. The U.S.-based global food corporation said it will expand its chicken production in Thailand and use the Kingdom as its base for exports across Southeast Asia.

By basing its regional production and operations in Thailand, Cargill aims to capitalize on the Kingdom’s infrastructure, logistics and competitiveness. Thailand is seamlessly connected to all of Southeast Asia by road, rail, air and sea. The Kingdom is in the midst of a massive infrastructure upgrade, expanding, modernizing and building new seaports, airports, high-speed railways and highways.

Furthermore, Southeast Asia’s total population of 683 million represents a larger market than the European Union. The free trade area of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has made exporting across borders within the region more affordable and efficient.

Cargill Meats has two factories in Thailand in the provinces of Saraburi and Nakhon Ratchasima. The company exports cooked chicken to 17 countries in Europe, Asia and North America and is among the world’s four leading exporters of cooked chicken products.

Last year, Cargill introduced a plant-based chicken meat alternative to the Thai market.

“The market response is very impressive. Such positive feedback gives us high confidence and leads us to ramp up the ready-to-cook products,” said Thiti Tuangsithtanon, Cargill Thailand’s Managing Director.

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